Seashore Kerchief Using Lang Crealino
Seashore Kerchief Using Lang Crealino
The Seashore Kerchief, a free pattern, is the perfect accessory to keep the sun and wind off your neck. Edged with a lacy shell motif and textured with garter-stitch ridges, this kerchief is an engaging knit... absorbing, intriguing, and satisfying.
Lang Crealino makes this beachy little scarf an excellent choice for warm, sunny days! Lightweight, crisp in hand, and with a palette of soft, fresh colors, this DK-weight yarn is composed entirely of nice, supple linen with a gently rustic finish. Promising to define stitches beautifully and soften with every wear and wash, Crealino is just the right yarn for a cool, airy kerchief.
Approx. 30"/76cm wingspan x 10"/25cm deep at center back, after washing and blocking.
1 skein Lang Crealino (180 yds/165m each); or approx. 180 yds/165m of a DK-weight plant fiber yarn.
Sample shown in color 19.
NEEDLES & NOTIONS
US 6 (4mm) 24"/60cm circular needle, or size to obtain gauge.
2 stitch markers and 1 locking stitch marker.
Approx. 17 sts = 4"/10cm in stockinette stitch, after washing and blocking.
The Free Pattern
See "The Details" tab for size, yarn, needle, and gauge information.
DblDec = double decrease (slip 2 sts together knitwise, knit next stitch, pass 2 slipped sts together over knit st); Dec(’d) = decrease(d); K = knit; K2Tog = knit 2 sts together; M1 = make one (with tip of left needle, lift strand running between needles from the front; knit into the back of it); P = purl; P2Tog = purl 2 sts together; RM = remove marker; RS = right side; SM = slip marker; St(s) = stitch(es); TBL = through back loop; WS = wrong side; YO = yarn over.
Using knitted cast-on method (sometimes called ‘lace cast-on’; this is not cable cast-on), cast on 197 sts.
Row 1 (RS): K1, *YO, K5, pass 4 sts (one at a time, as if to bind off) over st at tip of right needle*; repeat between * * to last st; end YO, K1. [81 sts]
Row 2 (WS): P1, *[P1, YO, P1] into next st (YO from prior row), K1*; repeat between * * to last 2 sts, end [P1, YO, P1] into next st, P1. [161 sts]
Row 3 (RS): K1, M1, K1, *K1TBL (into YO from prior row), K3*; repeat between * * to last 3 sts, end K1TBL, K1, M1, K1. [163 sts] Clip locking marker around base of 82nd st to mark center (move it up as necessary).
Knit 3 rows; during last row, place 2 more markers, one after first 3 sts, one before last 3 sts.
First and last 3 sts of every row will form the long straight edge of scarf; work first and last sts very loosely to keep edge long and elastic.
Tip: As you begin next row, pull up on loop of prior row; as you knit first stitch of new row, hold it with thumb to prevent tightening up.
Rows 1, 3 & 5 (RS): K1, P1, K1, SM; K2TogTBL, knit to 1 st before marked center st; DblDec; knit to 2 sts before final marker, K2Tog, SM, K1, P1, K1. [ 4 sts dec’d]
Rows 2 & 4 (WS): P1, K1, P1, SM, P2Tog, purl to 2 sts before final marker, P2TogTBL, SM, P1, K1, P1. [2 sts dec’d]
Row 6 (WS; for garter ridge on RS): P1, K1, P1, SM, K2Tog, knit to 2 sts before final marker, K2TogTBL, SM, P1, K1, P1. [2 sts dec’d; 145 sts]
Repeat Rows 1–6 once more. [127 sts]
Repeat (Rows 1–3 and Row 6) six times. [55 sts]
Repeat (Row 1 and Row 6) seven times. [13 sts]
Next row (RS): K1, P1, K1, SM, K2TogTBL, DblDec, K2Tog, SM, K1, P1, K1. [9 sts]
Final row (WS): P1, P2TogTBL, RM, P2Tog, P1, RM, P2Tog, P1. [6 sts]
Cut yarn, leaving an 8"/20cm tail. To get needles parallel and pointing to the right (so that you're ready for grafting), hold wrong sides together and pull cable of circular needle out between first and last 3 sts. With tail and darning needle, graft sts together using Kitchener stitch (see below). (Alternatively, if you prefer not to graft, thread tail through all 6 sts and pull up tightly.) Weave in ends.
Machine wash on warm; lay flat to dry. Pin ends out as long as possible and pin bottom point; tug on each shell to define edging. When nearly dry, bash around in warm dryer to soften and ‘polish’ the yarn. Trim any small ends that have popped out.
GRAFTING (KITCHENER STITCH)
With the working yarn coming from the front needle, graft sts as follows:
Set-up steps: Insert darning needle into first st on front needle as if to purl, leave st on its needle and pull yarn through. Insert darning needle into first st on back needle as if to knit, leave st on its needle and pull yarn through.
Step 1: Insert darning needle into first st on front needle as if to knit, and lift stitch off needle (do not pull darning needle through st yet).
Step 2: Insert darning needle into next st on front needle as if to purl, but leave st on needle; pull yarn through.
Step 3: Insert darning needle into first st on back needle as if to purl, and lift st off needle (do not pull darning needle through st yet).
Step 4: Insert darning needle into next st on back needle as if to knit, but leave st on needle; pull yarn through.
Repeat these four steps until all sts have been lifted off needles, ending with Steps 1 then 3. With tip of needle, adjust tension of grafted sts to match tension of knitted rows. Weave in tails on wrong side.
Free digital Seashore Kerchief pattern (download).